EQAsce, as lead partner, initiated the project with the abbreviation “GeTie” (from its German title GEmeinschaftsleistung TIErwohl). The operational group of twelve partners is now receiving almost half a million Euros from the EIP.NRW (European Innovation Partnership) funding programme. The aspect of “responsibility for animal welfare” along the whole “pork” value added chain will be brought to the fore and made recordable in a rating system.
The aim is to ensure fair payment for all those involved in the chain who provide animal welfare services and make investments for this purpose. Legislators and industry standards place product-related, process-related and now also person-related requirements, such as certificates of expertise and qualifications, on entire supply chains to the food retail trade.
The EQAsce-team and its partners – including seven agricultural enterprise leaders, the Rheinische Erzeugerring, the FoodNetCenter and the EQAsce-members Veravis and ChainPoint – are pleased to receive the funding and are looking forward to invite the experts from food retail, slaughter and processing, as well as government and industry driven animal welfare initiatives to the first round table in the new year.